Just who's more self obsessed? Parisians, New Yorkers, Angelenos? I don't think there are actually comparative statistics on this; my guess is that they'd all elbow each other out of the way in their fight to proclaim themselves most chic, most au courant, and generally best all around in everything. And Washingtonians? They'd surely be right in the running for self importance although definitely not best dressed.
This week's Figaroscope ponders the question of what Parisians think of themselves with the not so astonishing finding that: 34 percent of Parisians consider themselves elegant, 24 percent consider themselves cultivated, and 42 percent of their countrymen in the provinces find Parisians pretentious. Shocker.
This gal had all the gall of a typical Parisienne when I saw her in action this week. She stubbed out her cigarette and gave her partner bisous before hopping on the bus. When she hopped off, she immediately tried to cross the incredibly busy Boulevard Haussmann while teetering along in her stilettos and of course, lighting up once again. All that attitude formed some kind of protective shield (perhaps helped by the amount of hair spray in her 'do) as she made it across without a scratch.